The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling today, siding with a challenge to the city of Chicago's tough gun control law, underscores the stakes at Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing that starts this afternoon. It also vindicates the legal and political stance of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison , R-Texas, who has worked with Montana's Democratic senator, Jon Tester, to fight gun restrictions.
Hutchison called it "a major victory for the rights of all Americans to protect themselves and their families. The Supreme Court once again sent a clear message to local, state, and federal governments: the individual right to keep and bear arms applies to all law abiding Americans, regardless where they live."
The ruling clarifies an earlier Supreme Court ruling that struck down gun restrictions in the city of Washington. Hutchison orchestrated a friend of the court brief in that case, Heller v. District of Columbia; the justices overturned the city's longstanding firearms ban 5-4, but left open whether the ruling applied to states and cities that, unlike Washington, aren't subject to federal oversight.
In today's case, Hutchison and Tester rounded up signatures from 309 senators and U.S. House members - the most ever to sign a friend of the court brief - to argue that individual gun rights under the Second Amendment do, in fact, trump state and local firearms restrictions aimed at law-abiding citizens.
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June 28, 2010
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On Day 113 of liberal trial lawyer Bill White refusing to release his taxes for his years in public service, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Second Amendment rights also apply to state and local governments with its decision in the McDonald v. Chicago case.
Bill White was an active member of the US Conference of Mayors while he was mayor of Houston, and on April 24, 2009, the US Conference of Mayors filed an amicus brief defending Chicago’s ban on handguns by arguing that the Second Amendment does not extend to state and local governments. [1,2]
Bill White has stood silent and allowed yet another big-government Washington-based special interest group to attempt to chip away at basic American freedoms.
The US Conference of Mayors has also endorsed the principles of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group founded by New York City Mike Bloomberg that White was a member of for years and which the National Rifle Association has called an “anti-gun front group.” [3,4]
“Supporting limitations on gun rights is yet another example of how out of touch Bill White is with the people of Texas,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “The Supreme Court’s decision that Second Amendment rights also apply to state and local governments is a defeat for Bill White and others who seek to restrict gun rights.”
 “Mayors Meet with President Obama, Vice President Biden, Key Cabinet Secretaries at White House on Implementation of Economic Recovery Plan,” US Conference of Mayors, 3/9/09, http://www.usmayors.org/usmayornewspaper/documents/03_09_09/pg3_mayors_i...
 “Local Gun Laws Tested in Federal Courts; Conference Files Brief in Chicago Case,” US Conference of Mayors, 5/11/09, http://usmayors.org/chs/uploads/amicus%20brief.pdf
 “Coalition History,” Mayors Against Illegal Guns, http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/about/history.shtml
 “The $500 Million Man?” National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action, 3/30/07, http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=2828